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8 cheapest 4G smartphones in the UK 2014: Best budget 4G phones

We round up the 8 cheapest 4G smartphones you can buy in the UK 2014

With 4G LTE networks firmly in place in the UK offering faster download speeds, here's our list of the cheapest 4G enabled smartphones for 2014.

When buying a new smartphone you might assume that it comes with all the latest technology and the ability to connect to any mobile network you choose. While this would be ideal, it's unfortunately far from the truth. See: What is 4G? A complete guide to 4G.

A smartphone needs to have the right hardware chip to support 4G networks so you need to check the specifications carefully to avoid disappointment. See also: 4G LTE rollout schedule in the UK.

If you're looking for a 4G capable smartphone and you're on a budget then you've come to the right place. Here are the eight cheapest 4G smartphones in the UK based on SIM-free prices.

Be aware that some of these phones are cheap because they are last year's models and therefore might not have the kind of specs you're after or the latest software. Prices taken on 10/07/14.

8 cheapest 4G smartphones in the UK for 2014

HTC One SV

6. HTC One SV - £189

The HTC One SV is a mid-range Android phone that has a comfortable design, 4G capabilities and reasonably good battery life. However, the low resolution screen and mediocre camera make it overpriced.

Sony Xperia SP

5. Sony Xperia SP - £170

Sony's Xperia smartphones under £150 don't come with 4G so you'll have to comparatively splash out on the Xperia SP to gain the feature. If you want a more up to date model, take a look at the Xperia M2. It's got a 4.6in screen, 8Mp camera and a Snapdragon S4 processor.

BlackBerry Q5

4. BlackBerry Q5 - £159

BlackBerry's Q5 is still available and a lot cheaper compared to when it was launched last year. BlackBerry 10 OS and a physical keyboard are the main features if you don't want Android or Windows Phone. Other features include NFC and a 3.1in IPS display.

Huawei Ascend G6 4G

4. Huawei Ascend G6 4G - £159

Huawei has updated its Ascend G6 smartphone with 4G support so look for the LTE model. It has a pretty decent spec sheet with a 4.5in qHD screen, 8Mp camera and a quad-core processor. It also has a thin design and a microSD card slot for adding more storage.

Motorola Moto G 4G

4. Motorola Moto G 4G - £159

The original version of the Moto G was, and still is, the best budget smartphone around. However it didn't come with 4G support - Motorola said it was too expensive to add it. The firm has now launched a new version with LTE connectivity built-in (and a microSD card slot). That has pushed the price up so it's not the cheapest around but a great option.

 Nokia Lumia 635

3. Nokia Lumia 635 - £149

Nokia has been making decent budget smartphones for a while but 4G was an obvious sacrifice to achieve the low price - namely the popular Lumia 520. Its latest handsets come with Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia 635 is identical to the Lumia 630 but has that all-important 4G support.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

2. Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 - £140

It's not the latest version of Samsung's budget range but last year's Galaxy Ace 3 is cheaper than the new Ace 4 (as you would expect) but has 4G support out-of-the-box. It's got a 4in screen, 5Mp camera and a dual-core processor.

EE Kestrel 4G smartphone

1. EE Kestrel - £99

Mobile network EE wins this battle with its Kestrel smartphone which is the cheapest 4G handset you can buy in the UK at under £100. It's a rebranded Huawei device (for your information) and features a 4.5in qHD screen, quad-core processor and 5Mp camera. The main downside is that it's locked to EE's network.

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